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rent hike after end of lease

Postby disgruntled » Sun Sep 29, 2002 3:42 pm

After having trouble finding a new apartment, I asked my landlord if I could stay an extra month beyond my lease in my current apartment. He hadn't rented the place and said this was fine.

Stupidly, I assumed I would pay him my current rent for the extra month. I just got my rent bill and it is for about 80% more than the previous rent.

Can he do this? I see elsewhere on the site that 30 days notice is required for a rent hike. Does this hold for my current situation?
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Re: rent hike after end of lease

Postby ChrisG » Sun Sep 29, 2002 10:11 pm

yes, by continuing your tenancy past the expiration of your lease, you become a de facto moth-to-month tenant. this means the rent could be raised only if he submitted the increase to you at least 30 days in advance of the next due date.
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Re: rent hike after end of lease

Postby disgruntled » Sun Sep 29, 2002 10:18 pm

Thanks, Chris, I thought so--hopefully it was some kind of error--I'll talk to him about it, but it's good to know my rights. Anyone else have an idea about this? How often do you see errors of this magnitude?
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Re: rent hike after end of lease

Postby Cranky Tenant » Mon Sep 30, 2002 12:10 am

Originally posted by disgruntled:
How often do you see errors of this magnitude?
My LL has occasionally added a zero to my three figure rent -- and claimed they never noticed the error.
I'm a cranky tenant NOT a cranky lawyer.
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Re: rent hike after end of lease

Postby disgruntled » Mon Sep 30, 2002 11:00 am

Any advice on how to approach this conversation with the ll?
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Re: rent hike after end of lease

Postby disgruntled » Mon Sep 30, 2002 2:28 pm

Update, to anyone following this thread:

I spoke with the management company and the person there thought that it was an error, but then asked me if I had signed "the extension." When I talked to the landlord, there was no mention of such a document, and I have not received one. I would assume that whatever is going on with this document, my status is still the same; I don't have to pay the additional rent. Correct?
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Re: rent hike after end of lease

Postby Phil Cohen » Tue Oct 01, 2002 4:04 pm

I'd suggest a polite letter saying there was no increase in rent and that the lease continued for a month at the old terms. That's all. File this under Jerky Landlord No. 23313212/A.
Keep in mind that I am a tenant. Not a lawyer!!!!!
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